Samsung Galaxy S7 pre-registrations in South Africa open

system32

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Boycott Samsung Galaxy S7

Boycott Samsung Galaxy S7 until they demonstrate a willingness to keep Android up to date.

Dutch Consumer Association sues Samsung for not updating Android on 82 percent of its phones
See: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/dutch-consumer-group-sues-samsung-over-updates/

I have a Galaxy Note 3 (unlocked - as all South African Phones are) that is still on 4.4.
Google released Android 5 whilst Note 3 was still current.
Google released Android 6 whilst Note 3 was not yet 2 years old from end of last sale.
I can hack a Russian [sammobile/xda unofficial channel] Samsung Android 5 onto my Note 3 via odin - not sure how that affects the 2 year warranty.

Android 6 will never be made available by Samsung, even though Note 3 is less than 2 years old.

I expect support from the last day of sales for 2 additional years (minimum).
That's not an unreasonable expectation for a device that costs more than R10,000.
Just the security issues alone should be enough reason to keep the devices current.
 

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Boycott Samsung Galaxy S7 until they demonstrate a willingness to keep Android up to date.

Dutch Consumer Association sues Samsung for not updating Android on 82 percent of its phones
See: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/dutch-consumer-group-sues-samsung-over-updates/

I have a Galaxy Note 3 (unlocked - as all South African Phones are) that is still on 4.4.
Google released Android 5 whilst Note 3 was still current.
Google released Android 6 whilst Note 3 was not yet 2 years old from end of last sale.
I can hack a Russian [sammobile/xda unofficial channel] Samsung Android 5 onto my Note 3 via odin - not sure how that affects the 2 year warranty.

Android 6 will never be made available by Samsung, even though Note 3 is less than 2 years old.

I expect support from the last day of sales for 2 additional years (minimum).
That's not an unreasonable expectation for a device that costs more than R10,000.
Just the security issues alone should be enough reason to keep the devices current.
You are out of warranty. Why don't you just go with a custom rom?
 

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Thanks Jan for confirming the TD-LTE Band 40 spec, that makes this phone much more interesting for previously disadvantaged Telkom Mobile customers.
 

EddG

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I would like to pre order.. But how much will it be?
 

system32

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You are out of warranty. Why don't you just go with a custom rom?
18 months on not out of warranty.
Loading a custom ROM would void the warranty.

Samsung does not publish enough information about the SM-N900 Exýnos CPU to facilitate Cyanogenmod.

Fundamentaly it's Samsung's responsible to release updates.
It's a serious enough problem that the Dutch Consumer Association is taking Samsung to court.
 

system32

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So are there no updates even on http://www.sammobile.com/
In December 2015 a leaked Android 5 firmware appeared on sammobile for ZA for SM-N900 (Android 6 had been out for since May 2015).
Sammobile is not an official sanctioned Samsung source.
Sammobile saw an opportunity to make some money off consumers by offering leaked roms.
Odin is an internal tool, there is no account of Samsung ever having officially released it, and is believed to be the result of an unintentional leak.

sammobile does not apply to 90% of "normal" (non MyBB) users who expect Samsung to provide the updates OTA or via Kies or Smart Switch.

That's why Dutch Consumer Council is taking Samsung to court.

Edit:
Interesting read over at sammobile:
Does Samsung’s update policy affect your decision to buy a new Galaxy smartphone?
http://www.sammobile.com/2016/02/17...your-decision-to-buy-a-new-galaxy-smartphone/
>Yeah, it's terrible customer service (85%, 4,295 Votes)
>Not really, I still need the newest device ASAP! (15%, 737 Votes)

Here is another interesting read on Sammobile:
Samsung’s software update policy is seriously messed up
http://www.sammobile.com/2015/06/16/samsungs-software-update-policy-is-seriously-messed-up/
 
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Tried signing up on MTN preorders page, but they phoned me for a completely different device. I had to explain that I'd like the s7 not anything else, think they configured the form wrong
 

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Boycott Samsung Galaxy S7 until they demonstrate a willingness to keep Android up to date.

Dutch Consumer Association sues Samsung for not updating Android on 82 percent of its phones
See: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/dutch-consumer-group-sues-samsung-over-updates/

I have a Galaxy Note 3 (unlocked - as all South African Phones are) that is still on 4.4.
Google released Android 5 whilst Note 3 was still current.
Google released Android 6 whilst Note 3 was not yet 2 years old from end of last sale.
I can hack a Russian [sammobile/xda unofficial channel] Samsung Android 5 onto my Note 3 via odin - not sure how that affects the 2 year warranty.

Android 6 will never be made available by Samsung, even though Note 3 is less than 2 years old.

I expect support from the last day of sales for 2 additional years (minimum).
That's not an unreasonable expectation for a device that costs more than R10,000.
Just the security issues alone should be enough reason to keep the devices current.
I have to agree on the general issue of Samsung ROM updates. You are lucky if you get one update during the lifetime of your device.
That said I will probably go with Samsung again. Not necessarily the S7 which will probably have a sky high price when launched.
Cyanogenmod development is very well supported on Samsung devices.
 
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